Inspired Brunch Series:
Soul Speculation

Dr. Maria Fee on the Works of Artist
Theaster Gates

General Theological Seminary | Chapel
New York City | November 19, 2022

We are delighted to announce FSA’s inaugural Inspired Brunch Series in New York hosted at the General Theological Seminary’s historic Gothic Revival chapel in Chelsea, highlighting scholar and theologian Dr. Maria Fee as she discusses her forthcoming book Beauty is a Basic Service: Theology and Hospitality in the Work of Theaster Gates (2023). 

In this seminal publication, Fee explores renowned interdisciplinary artist Theaster Gates’s art practice from the perspective of “care, reconciliation and vivification of culture as a form of hospitality.” Thus, Fee reads his may projects as “theological sites, places to encounter God.” Thus, Fee reads his many projects as “theological sites, places to encounter God.” The discussion will continue with question and answers to expand on connections between contemporary art practice and issues of spirituality, faith, and community.

RSVP is Required by November 14th.

 

This program is organized concurrently with and in honor of Theaster Gates’s first museum survey in America – Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces (opening November 10th at the New Museum in New York). Please join us for a walk through of Theaster Gates’s exhibit, with Maria Fee and FSA directors Leeza Ahmady and Tyler Rollins at a later date. 

This program is organized concurrently with and in honor of Theaster Gates’s first museum survey in America – Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces (opening November 10th at the New Museum in New York). Please join us for a walk through of Theaster Gates’s exhibit, with Maria Fee and FSA directors Leeza Ahmady and Tyler Rollins at a later date. 


About Maria Fee

Maria Fee is an artist, theologian, and educator. Her visual art explores ideas of fragmentation, metizaje (cultural mixing), alienation, and hospitality. As an adjunct seminary professor, she applies art-based methodologies to such theological courses as The Visual Arts and the Christian, Word and Sacrament, and Capstone Thesis Theology and Art. Current projects include event programming and policy making for the fledgling Hispanic Summer Program Alumni Network, and studio work for an upcoming art installation in Seattle. Maria holds an MFA in Painting, M.A. in Theological Studies, and a PhD in Theology and Culture. 


About Theaster Gates 

Theaster Gates has incubated new models for artistic creation, social transformation, and building legacies. Traversing a vast array of methodologies encompassing sculpture, performance, and archives, he explores concepts of value and economy, as well as spiritual and material exchange, as they perform in charged social contexts (Gagosian Gallery).

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